One of Playback's "5 to Watch" class of 2018, Steph Ouaknine is an
award-winning producer specializing in niche-driven series, branded
content, and fan engagement. She has a proven track record of creating
evocative series that have garnered passionate fans, critical acclaim, and
forged innovative new revenue models. She creates content that finds an
Steph has co-created and produced CARMILLA, the award-winning
multi-platform series that ran for 108 episodes and spawned a global and
engaged community that call themselves "The Creampuffs." Financed by
U by Kotex, the series topped 100 million views, earning Steph and the
team a Cannes Lion nod, Rocky Award, multiple Canadian Screen
Awards, Webby and Streamy noms, and in 2018, took home MIPTV's
"Brand Content of the Year" and “Best Digital Fiction” Awards.
As the lead on the project since 2014, from ideation to worldwide fandom,
Steph has successfully led Carmilla in all of its iterations: three seasons
for YouTube, a theatrical feature, a book deal, live events and now the
primetime TV series in development. For the past six and a half years, she
has been a digital-turned-TV producer and development executive for
leading prodco Shaftesbury, overseeing series developed at AMC, Corus,
Steph's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the future of television has
landed her a spot in the Canadian Media Producers' Association "Next
Generation of Producers" feature in Winter 2018.
She's also a recipient of Netflix's 2018 Diversity of Voices fellowship at
the Banff World Media Festival, a finalist in the National Screen Institute’s
Totally TV Program, and has been selected for the Trans-Atlantic
Partners' co-production training program along with 25 fellow producers
from around the world.
She has spoken at UCLA, SXSW, BFI Flare, TIFF Next Wave, VIFF, WIF-T
amongst others. Her films and digital series have screened worldwide,
from the British Film Institute to Outfest LA, Shanghai Queer Film Fest
and the upcoming Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.
Steph is passionate about the future of television and diverse voices,
eager to propel the Phoebe-Waller Bridges' of Canada to the international market